After he obtained the king’s approval, Ouyang Shuo detailed his plans.
“Winning a war is nothing more than strengthening ourselves while weakening the enemy.”
“Can you elaborate?”
“Just as General Er’Lai said, most of the slaves cannot be trusted. Therefore, the king can choose the best 100 thousand slaves and free them from the chains that restrict them. Feed them food and promise that if the battle is won, they can have their freedom. Equip them with crossbows and provide some minor training. This way, they will be fresh troops. While their war chariots are the greatest strength of Zhou, we can have the other 600 thousand slaves dig deep trenches scattered around the battlefield to counter it.”
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